Beijing to get megatonne desalination plant by 2019

Beijing neighbouring province, Hebei, has unveiled plans for a giant water desalination project scheduled for completion by 2019.

The project, once operational, will have the potential to desalinate 1 million tonnes of seawater daily, according to Beijing Enterprises Water Group’s seawater desalination department director Wang Xiaoshui. This would provide one tenth of the metropolis’ current annual water consumption.

The project is divided into two parts: seawater desalination and processed water delivery to Beijing.
The preliminary draft on the feasibility report has been finished and research work on the second part, which will include water pipeline distribution, is under way, according to Wang.

The project will be located along the Bohai Sea at the Caofeidian District of Tangshan City. A chemical plant will process the project’s by-products to produce salt and other chemicals, Wang said.